a devotee of archery; archer.

Origin of toxophilite

1785–95; Toxophil(us) bow-lover (coined by Roger Ascham in his 1545 book so entitled < Greek tóxo(n) bow + -philos -phile) + -ite1
Related formstox·oph·i·lit·ic [tok-sof-uh-lit-ik] /tɒkˌsɒf əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjectivetox·oph·i·ly, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an archer


of or relating to archery
Derived Formstoxophily, noun

Word Origin for toxophilite

C18: from Toxophilus, the title of a book (1545) by Ascham, designed to mean: a lover of the bow, from Greek toxon bow + philos loving
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